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In 2000, Seiji Ozawa founded the Music Academy (formerly Seiji Ozawa Ongaku-juku) with the goal of nurturing young musicians through opera. One of Ozawa's mentors, Maestro von Karajan, used to say, "Symphony and opera are the two inseparable supports of music." Ozawa made this his philosophy and puts it into practice once a year with the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy. The Seiji Ozawa Music Academy has so far held 18 performances, featuring 9 opera productions and 1 symphony orchestra.


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The Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Opera Project XVI
- 2018 Opera Production Announcement -

The Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Opera Project is happy to announce its 16th opera project scheduled for year 2018.
The 2018 Opera Project will feature two opera pieces - a new production of Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges, the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy's original production first time featured in 2015. Both productions will be directed by Metropolitan Opera Executive Stage Director David Kneuss who has been involved in the opera production of the Academy since its establishment.
In 2018, as in 2017, the operas will be produced within a newly open Rohm Theatre Kyoto and first two performances will be held in Kyoto City. After this performance, the Academy will tour within Japan to hold a performance in Nagoya and Tokyo. The Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Orchestra, a core of the Academy, composed of the young musicians from China, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan chosen through audition, will again be given an opportunity to work with the opera singers of world well-known theatres internationally recognized opera production directors and designers to create a high level opera performance.
The Academy will also hold the Opera for Children performance, welcoming the primary school students of Kyoto City.
We are therefore, happy to announce the details and schedule of the 2018 Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Opera Project.
The further details on the production will be announced at a later date.


Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Opera Project XVI
- 2018 Opera Production and Schedule-

Puccini : Gianni Schicchi <New Production>
(1 Act / In Italian, with Japanese supertitles)
Artistic Director: Seiji Ozawa
Conductor: Derrick Inouye
Stage Director: David Kneuss

Ravel : L'enfant et les sortilèges
(1 Act / In French, with Japanese supertitles)
Artistic Director, Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
Stage Director: David Kneuss

Orchestra: Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Orchestra
Chorus: Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Choir

2018 Tour Schedule
Mar. 16, 2018 (Fri) Kyoto Performance ROHM Theatre Kyoto Main Hall
Mar. 18, 2018 (Sun) Kyoto Performance ROHM Theatre Kyoto Main Hall
Mar. 21, 2018 (Wed) Nagoya Performance Aichi Prefectural Art Theatre Main Hall
Mar. 25, 2018 (Sun) Tokyo Performance Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Main Hall

- Opera for Children - Puccini : Gianni Schicchi
Mar. 13, 2018 (Tue)
ROHM Theatre Kyoto Main Hall
*In Italian, with Japanese supertitles
*Intended for primary school students (closed to general public/ entrance free)


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